Objectives: Our aim was to investigate the impact of iron deficiency anemia on HRQoL in the last trimester of pregnancy. Methods: 250 pregnant women in third trimester, visiting the Obstetrics Department of a tertiary medical center in Ankara city for their routine antenatal follow-up were included in the study. After obtaining sociodemographic and obstetric information in a face-to-face interview, the self-reported SF-36 Scale (SF-36) was administered with supervision. The study group was divided into two groups according to presence of anemia; non-anemic group (Hb?11 g/dL, ferritine ?12 mg/L; n=187) and anemic group (Hb<11 g/dL, ferritin <12 mg/L; n=63) and SF-36 scores were compared. Results: IDA frequency was found as 25.2% (n=63). The physical component summary (PCS), the mental component summary (MCS) and all of the QoL subscores were found to be signifcantly lower in the anemic group (p=0.000). A significant relationship was found between Hb-ferritin levels and PCS-MCS scores; the scores of PCS and MCS increased progressively with increasing Hb-ferritin leves and decreased progressively with decreasing levels (p<0.05). Conclusion: Healthcare professionals need to be aware of the importance of anemia on QoL during pregnancy period and consider that QoL in anemic pregnant patients is an important part of treatment. Keywords: Iron deficiency, pregnancy, quality of life
Corresponding Author: Yilmaz E.